AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Iyar 5776
Page 49 of the pamphlet – (near middle of the page. Line starts: 'vehinei...') [page 37 in the book]. For text see below.
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Letters together make a word. The word has so much light, that the letters are subsumed in the light.
If you pull a letter out from a word then the light is reduced.
This is a way to understand tzimtzum if the 10 hidden sphirot are the origin of keilim/vessels (the means by which the light is carried) [an alternative view is that they are the origin of lights – shoroshei ha-orot].
The 10 hidden lights are all mixed together. Think of a car – it is born of a concept. In the original concept all the different elements are intermixed and absorbed.
At a lower level are the mechanical elements of the car. These are like the letters of words.
At this level of keilim you can lose sight of the light. And at that level you have to define mechanics of the car or word for it to be effective at the level of world. There is a lack of light since you step down from the concept into the keilim/vessels.